» Student Government Association Initiatives

SGA seeks to create a better Chapman experience for students through advocacy. Over the past five years, senators have worked tirelessly to make changes that better the student body as a whole. Below are just a few of the initiatives SGA has completed, including details about each project.

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Free Menstrual Products on Campus

In Fall of 2017, Senator Saba Amid worked alongside the Chapman Advisory Group on the Status of Women to encourage Chapman to provide free tampons and sanitary pads in all its women’s and unisex restrooms. As of Spring of 2018, free dispensers will replace all coin-operated machines, and bathrooms without dispensers will be provided with baskets of menstrual products.

New York Times Subscription

In Fall of 2017, Vice President Sarah Tabsh worked to provide all students with a free subscription to the New York Times. This subscription provides students with more resources for research, with access to unlimited articles, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of nytimes.com, and mobile apps for phones and tablets to keep students up to date with today's news. To subscribe, visit http://nytimesaccess.com/chapman/.

OOMF Charging Station

Senator Mitchell Rosenberg heard student concerns that they could not charge their devices when they wanted to study in outdoor spaces or certain classrooms. In the Spring of 2017, SGA purchased an OOMF charging station, housing 9 portable charging units that can be checked out by any member of the Chapman community to charge their laptop, phone, etc.

Crean College Lobby Furniture

In the Spring of 2017, Senator Yasi Sanandaj successfully secured funding from SGA and the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences to add furniture and study space to the lobby of Crean College. This new furniture gives students the ability to utilize the large space for study groups and independent work.

Student Organization Print Center

In Spring of 2017, Senators Mitchell Rosenberg and Ana Vincente completed their goal of providing free color printing to all recognized student organizations on campus. All student organizations can now visit the print center located in the Union Tech area of the Student Union to print flyers, waivers, and other materials.

Julianne Argyros Fitness Center Improvements

In 2016, Senator Mitchell Rosenberg worked with the Julianne Argyros Fitness Center to address student concerns by adding new and improved equipment to the Center. SGA also funded new equipment and instituted a new check-out program where students who prefer to exercise outside can rent sports equipment and workout equipment to bring to the field.


In the Spring of 2016, Senator Mia Baybayan worked to get a free laptop rental kiosk in the Argyros Forum Union. The kiosk features six Dell PCs and six Macbook Pros which can be rented using a student ID card for up to three hours at a time. SGA funded around 30,000 dollars of the 50,000 dollar project.

AED Installation

In the Spring of 2016, Senator Gracie Truex successfully advocated for the University to purchase and install 12 new automated external defibrillator (AED) units in areas around the Orange campus, as well as the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. These units are used to automatically diagnose irregular heartbeats in a person and can then treat the patient through electrical therapy.

Smoke-Free Campus

In the Fall of 2015, Senator Henry Callander and SGA president Josh Nudelman worked to make Chapman a smoke-free campus. After approval from the administration, Chapman University became a smoke-free campus on February 1, 2016.

Fall Break Extension

In 2013, Faculty Senate proposed to increase the three-day fall break to an entire week off during Thanksgiving. SGA senators approved a proposal to extend Thanksgiving break to a week long, which was implemented in 2014. 

Water Refilling Stations

In 2011, SGA saw a need for water bottle refilling stations on campus, to encourage the use of reusable water bottle by the Chapman community. Since then, SGA has funded numerous stations in order to ensure there is one easily available in all areas of campus.